When the news hits that a company has bought into a monster renewable energy project, chances are that company is the likes of Facebook, Microsoft or Google. Now those tech darlings are using a new vehicle to encourage other companies to do the same -- especially in places where coal power reigns supreme, like South Carolina or Kentucky.
“Site selection is a process of elimination,” Cain says. “Decision-makers work to identify reasons to remove sites from consideration, and electric infrastructure and reliability are basic questions in almost every industrial prospect’s initial request for information.” As it turns out, Facebook’s data center will draw the 120 megawatts of power it needs from a 100 percent renewable source
In advance of the 2016 Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Summit – which Microsoft is hosting this week in Redmond – the company pledged to increase the amount of renewable energy it uses to power datacenters from 44 percent today to 50 percent by 2020, and 60 percent in the next decade. Microsoft also pledged to invest in research.
Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are joining forces with environmental groups to promote the development of 60 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025. That’s enough to replace all the coal-fired power plants in the U.S. expected to retire in the next four years. The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance was formed to break barriers that companies say they face with utilities and regulators in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions
Akamai has well more than 200,000 servers running in data centers spread across 126 countries. That’s the kind of distributed system you build if you want to be one of the world’s largest content delivery networks. This week, the company announced it wants to get to a point where at least half of that infrastructure is powered by renewable energy.